Trump won hearts, Clinton convinced minds of the viewers

PERTH HERALD TRIBUNE EDITORIAL

If history of this election taught us anything, then it is that there is a necessity to return to the original format of a town hall debate. The moderators of the debate last night could not convince us more that such change is needed. Both Ms. Martha Radatz and Mr. Anderson Cooper gave us three reasons to remove journalists from the chair of moderators.

First Mr Cooper attempted to publicly shame Mr. Trump on the latest video controversy about offensive things he said on an open mic. Mr. Cooper’s behavior could not be interpreted differently than help to counter-candidate. Both Ms. Radatz and Mr. Cooper interjected forty one times into the debate with their questions and even comments during the debate. Ms. Raddatz “reminded” Trump supporters that applause is not appropriate, but the Mrs. Clinton’s fans enthusiastic reactions left without comments. Both journalists that were asked to moderate could not hide their admiration and support to Mrs. Clinton.

The questions posed by the voters were not only evidence of genuine interest in the issues but also created atmosphere of respect and dignity of candidates and viewers. Moderators choices of questions sent electronically indicated their disinterest in a serious debate as Mr. Cooper’s first attack on Mr. Trump.

Mr Trump’s “Because you would be in jail” line will probably become an iconic statement as Mr. Reagan’s famous “And there you go again”.

Mrs. Hillary Clinton brutally attacked Mr. Donald Trump in her opening statement denying that he is fit to be President of the United States. She used the tape recorded a decade ago backstage of the television studios with inappropriate words spoken by Mr. Trump on women as an excuse to general conclusion about his character.

This time Mr. Trump instead of offering the other cheek exposed hypocritical behavior of Ms Clinton reminding viewers about her defense tactics of her husband Mr. Bill Clinton that included mocking a 12 years old girl. Mr. Trump rightly said that he spoke only words but Mrs. Clinton’s husband is responsible for actions.

As a good debater Mr. Trump knocked out Mrs. Clinton with his statement that could have been heard as an electoral promise that if elected he would appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate the issue of deletion of thirty three thousand emails that could contain classified information from her personal server. When visibly shaken Mrs. Clinton tried to mock this statement: “ “It is awfully good that someone with temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country ”” Mr. Donald Trump resolutely added: “Because you would be in jail”. These words in itself will probably become an iconic statement as Mr Reagan’s famous “And there you go again”.

Mr. Trump did not miss the opportunity to confront Mrs. Clinton against her unimpressive record as the Secretary of State that contributed to the complicated situation in Syria and other parts of the Middle East.

When desperate Mrs. Clinton attempted to present a small part of her record on tax reforms bills in Senate that looked more like famous half-truths, Mr. Trump rushed to remind the viewers that she did not succeed in the removal of the tax loopholes that benefited her Wall Street donors. She also was not honest trying to sympathise with impoverished American families since on another forum she admitted that her family feels far removed from the average American.

“And I am not taking a position on any policy, but I do think there is a growing sense of anxiety and even anger in the country over the feeling that the game is rigged. And I never had that feeling when I was growing up. “ – she said in her speech to the Goldman-Black Rock in 2014 that became available via leaked emails.

“Never. I mean, were there really rich people, of course there were. My father loved to complain about big business and big government, but we had a solid middle class upbringing. We had good public schools. We had accessible health care. We had our little, you know, one-family house that, you know, he saved up his money, didn’t believe in mortgages. So I lived that. And now, obviously, I’m kind of far removed because the life I’ve lived and the economic, you know, fortunes that my husband and I now enjoy, but I haven’t forgotten it.” – she explained in her speech.

 

Mr. Trump softness on Russia and Mr. Putin must raise worries of informed voters in the time when Mr. Putin almost openly began preparations to war with NATO with deploying in Kaliningrad region the Iskander nuclear tipped missiles that can reach Warsaw, Prague and Berlin.

 

Neither Mr. Trump nor Mrs. Trump presented a long-term economic strategy that would benefit all of American people including those, who live in poverty. Both candidates ignored completely an issue of the widespread ownership of productive capital that is fundamental in modern economy.

Mrs Clinton echoing Mrs. Michelle Obama’s claim at the Democratic convention that “when they go low, we go high” at the beginning of the debate might have wanted to send a signal that she would not be vicious, brutal and secretive like in most of her appearances during this campaign.

She failed.

Mr. Donald Trump also disappointed with his pure lies on Messrs. Putin and Assad as well as Iran supposedly fighting ISIS.

It is still difficult to explain why exactly Republican candidate has so much respect for Mr. Vladimir Putin, the dictator that invaded at least four countries breaking all international treaties and the list of the names of his victims around the world could be as voluminous as writing of his favorite historic hero Comrade Joseph Stalin. Mr. Trump softness on Russia and Mr. Putin must raise worries of informed voters in the time when Mr. Putin almost openly began preparations to war with NATO with deploying in Kaliningrad region the Iskander nuclear capable missiles that can reach Vilnius, Warsaw, Prague and Berlin.

Mr. Trump’s scandalous avoidance of public criticism of the most dangerous dictator of the rogue, mafia state would worry those, who defeated Evil Empire using their rhetoric power of the powerless, including Mr. Ronald Reagan of United States, Mr. Vaclav Havel of Czechoslovakia, Rev. Joachim Gauck of East Germany or Mrs. Anna Walentynowicz of Poland.

It is sad to conclude but, paraphrasing words of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Russian novelists , Mr. Trump chose to live by lies about Putin’s Russia that propaganda RT and Sputnik television provided to him and his clearly disoriented “advisors”. He has been a servant of falsehood but he still has a chance to publicly shrug off the lies and become an honest man worthy of respect by his contemporaries and next generations.

He has to understand and tell his supporters that Russia under Mr. Putin became dictatorship that jails any political opponents for any reasons banning even its citizens from one-man street protests on the basis of unjust law against so-called radicalism. The truth about Mr. Putin’s state has been told by American reporters in Russia, think-tanks and former diplomats. It needs to be told by the Republican candidate.

Although Mr. Trump might have won the people’s hearts last night, Mrs Clinton might have convinced voters’ minds with telling the truth about Mr. Putin. Next Mr. Trump and his advisors, including Mr. Newt Gringrich, Mr. David Bossie and the campaign manager of all of campaign managers Mr. Steve Bannon, all of them fervent Catholics, will be preparing his candidate to the debate, they should consider Biblical wisdom: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”